Tuesday , November 30 2021

Mum-of-two, 28, and new lover, 31, died on FIRST DATE in 102mph BMW crash after downing wine and cocktails



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A YOUNG couple were killed on their first date in a horror motorway smash in a BMW after downing wine and cocktails in a plush casino, an inquest heard today.

Hairdresser Sarah-Jayne Thomas, 28, was taken home 45 miles from her boozy first date by student driver Tim Grace, 31, before the smash at up to 102mph in the borrowed £ 60,000 car.

  Sarah-Jayne was having a good time before she got into Tim's borrowed car

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Sarah-Jayne was having a good time before she got into Tim's borrowed car

Tim was seen by staff at a restaurant ordering two bottles of Chardonnay wine with lunch before drinking cocktails at the Grosvenor Casino in Cardiff Bay with date Sarah-Jayne.

As the pair drove home, Tim Raced the borrowed MW X5 along the fast track of the M4 motorway – police investigators estimated their speed to be in the region of 88 to 102 mph.

The powerful BMW turned wildly across three lanes and slammed into a tree on the embankment at Bridgend, South Wales.

The carriageway was closed for seven hours while emergency crews tried to get the couple out of the car and clear the wreckage of the devastating crash.

Investigative Officer Pc Alun Efstathiou told the hearing: "Tim would have been charged charges if he had survived the accident.

"He was a driver with no third party insurance."

  Sarah-Jayne Thomas got into the car by Tim after a boozy first date

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Sarah-Jayne Thomas got into the car by Tim after a boozy first date
  Sarah-Jayne was a mum of two

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Sarah-Jayne was a mum of two

Fellow motorists spotted the car – and noted its excessive speed as it was driven by window cleaner Tim.

Michael Heath, who was driving on the M4 at the time said: "I was only on the motorway a few minutes when I saw the BMW X5 in my mirrors.

"After overtaking me, without any good reason, it swerved sharply to the left.

"The car then traversed the embankment before hitting a tree with such a force that it bent over."

PC Carlo Vaquerizo was the first in the scene and described the damage as "catastrophic".

He said: "It was one of the worst incidents I've ever seen."

  Window Cleaner Tim Grace had the high performance car on the night of his first date with Sarah-Jayne Thomas

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Window Cleaner Tim Grace had the high performance car on the night of his first date with Sarah-Jayne Thomas
  Drivers on the M4 saw Tim driving at high speeds

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Drivers on the M4 saw Tim driving at high speeds

Mum-of-two Sarah-Jayne, from Swansea, was found dead at the scene having suffered multiple injury while Tim was airlifted to hospital.

But doctors at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff described his injuries as "unsurvitable." He died early the next morning.

An investigation into the two deaths at Pontypridd coroners court heard the conditions were perfect, there were no defect on the road and the car was not in fault.

PC Alan Efstathiou of the serious collision investigation team revealed that two-two-year-old Tim should not have been driving because he did not have a license.

He said: "He was convicted in 2017 of driving without a license and without insurance. "

  He did not even have a license because he did not pass a driving test

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He did not even have a license because he did not pass a driving test

A toxicology report carried out in post mortem found that Tim was double the drink drive limit.

The couple were drinking at a Miller and Carter restaurant in Cardiff Bay.

Witness Louie Baker said: "The male ordered a Chardonnay bottle and two glasses while the female ordered an absolute and raspberry cocktail.

"Shortly after the male ordered another bottle of the same wine.

"I remember commenting to the manager saying he had ordered a second bottle but had not been here long."

Phillip Smith, a bartender at the Grosvenor casino where the pair went next, said: "I served them both alcoholic cocktails.

"Both female and male appeared drunk and I asked my manager whether I should serve them any more alcohol but they did not return to order any more drinks."

  Sarah-Jayne had sons Harley, nine, and Jason, six

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Sarah-Jayne had sons Harley, nine, and Jason, six

Brunette hairdresser Sarah-Jayne was described by heartbroken friends as an amazing girl and fantastic mother.

Recording his conclusion, Coroner Graeme Hughes said: "It seems to me that there is no direct evidence of why Tim's vehicle maneuvers in the way it did at that time.

"I'm satisfied that the consequences that lead to Sarah-Jayne's death were due to a road traffic collision.

"But that road traffic collision was contributed by the alcohol drunk by Tim."


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